Roger C. Molander, Andrew S. Riddile & Peter A. Wilson, Strategic Information Warfare: A New Face of War (RAND Corp. 1996) (full-text).
This report summarizes research performed by RAND for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence). The objective of this effort was to garner perspectives on a broad range of potential national security issues related to the evolving concept of information warfare (IW), with a particular emphasis on the defensive aspects of what is characterized in the report as “strategic information warfare.”
The study was undertaken in recognition that future U.S. national security strategy is likely to be profoundly affected by the ongoing rapid evolution of cyberspace — the global information infrastructure — and in this context by the growing dependence of the U.S. military and other national institutions and infrastructures on potentially vulnerable elements of the U.S. national information infrastructure.
The purposes of this report were to:
- describe and frame the concept of strategic information warfare
- describe and discuss the key features and related issues that characterize strategic information warfare
- explore the consequences of these features and issues for U.S. national security
- suggest analytical and policy directions for addressing elements of these strategic information warfare features and issues.